Orla Kiely Bird GroBag First Impressions & Giveaway

Little M turned six months last week and I am still resisting moving her into her own room! She’s still got plenty of space left in her Snüzpod, so I don’t see the point in moving her unnecessarily (at least that’s what I’m telling myself!). However, she’s growing at a seemingly ever-increasing rate of knots. The time will come soon enough!

At the moment, she sleeps wrapped in her beloved Mama Designs cellular blanket, with another cellular on top. I’m happy with this while she’s right next to me, but I’m a bit nervous about her sleeping in covers that might come loose once she’s in her own room.

In October I went to the baby show and was lucky enough to be invited to The Gro Company’s sneak peak at some of their gorgeous Orla Kiely-designed sleeping bags. The Lullaby Trust were there too. If you haven’t checked out their website yet, you really must. It has a wealth of information on safe baby sleep. The Gro Company have been working alongside the Lullaby Trust for years now to develop sleeping bags that parents can be confident putting their baby to sleep in.

This sounded like just the ticket to me, so I was delighted when The Gro Company provided me with a GroBag for Little M. A gorgeous Orla Kiely Bird GroBag no less. Love!

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Unfortunately, Little M is such a dot that despite being six months, she’s not quite big enough to fit into the size 6-12 month GroBag that we have been sent. The Gro Company advise that babies should only wear a GroBag if their head cannot slip through the neck. Little M is so very nearly there, but I’m obviously not going to go against expert advice. Which I’m afraid means no super-cute photos of Little M in her Grobag. Yet. The time will come!

The print is absolutely beautiful though and, like everything the Gro Company produce, the Orla Kiely Birds GroBag feels really well made. I love the little details like the zip covers and two-way zip.

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For now, I thought I’d share some photos of the gorgeous print and features of the Orla Kiely Bird GroBag, and throw in a little giveaway in the form of an Orla Kiely colouring book. Keep scrolling to enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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Baby’s First Christmas – A Wish List

I’m really excited about Little M’s first Christmas. Lots of our friends have asked us what we’d like for her for Christmas, so I’ve been having a look round and found some lovely things online. I thought I’d share some of my favourite gift ideas just in case you’re looking for inspiration, too!

First up, I don’t normally go in for novelty gifts, but how adorable are these Snowman and Snowdog booties from Apples and Pips?! And they’ve got jingle bells in them too. Love!

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On a more practical note, but still undeniably Christmas, is this super cute Cuddledeer towel from Cuddledry. Bath time is a favourite part of the day for LIttle M. She loves splashing around and knows that her bath signals time to get ready for bed. The hooded baby towels we have for Little M are getting too small for her now, but this is massive, and designed to last well into toddlerhood.

Cuddledeer, baby towel, reindeer towelThese cupcakes are amazingly fat free – because they’re actually socks! They’d make a lovely little gift for a baby under six months. I defy you to find a new parent who doesn’t need more baby socks. How do they manage to lose them so easily?!

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We’ve asked the grandparents for some finger puppets as Little M loves nursery rhymes and enjoys the finger puppets at the various baby classes we go to. Hickory Dickory Dock is one of her faves so a mouse was essential, as is a robin because it’s Christmas!

Mouse, robin and blackbird finger puppets

…and something for mama…

While clicking around on Apples and Pips (a beautiful online shop which gives 10% of its profits to Mama Academy) I came across these lovely little charms. They have a miniaturised imprint of your baby’s hand, foot or fingerprint on one side, and a name or date engraved on the reverse. A lovely gesture for a mama’s first Christmas as a mummy!

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Meet the Parents – Advice for New Mummies and Daddies from No More Shoulds

Welcome back to my guest blogger series, Meet the Parents. This week, we’re hearing advice from Amy, who blogs at No More Shoulds.

Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family. 

Hello, I’m Amy, early thirties, a career in educational publishing and research, married to Tony (a GP) and mum to 1 year old Bean (*nickname, obvs!). These days, I am a mum on a mission: to create healthier, more self-compassionate minds for mums. A few years back, in the P.B. (Pre-Bean) era, amid the strains of juggling family illness, a stressful job and fertility battles, I found solace in mindfulness and meditation, and never looked back. Until I had a baby, that is.

When I was eventually blessed with being able to start a family, I was taken aback by the onslaught of maternal guilt and unsolicited advice, and how I didn’t seem to trust myself anymore. All I could do was watch meekly from the sofa as the healthier mindset I had developed flew out the window.

I recovered my marbles and ever since have been on a mission to support new parents and parents-to-be in navigating the brave new world of parenthood by being kinder to themselves, using meditation and mindfulness techniques adapted specially for this time in life. I’m not a monk, nor do I practice yoga in a zen garden every morning. I’m just a normal mum on a mission to lose the word ‘should’ for good and to live a lighter life. I started my blog No More Shoulds in February this year, and it’s all grown from there!

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What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)? 

Comfy pyjamas that make you feel lovely. You will be very very tired, whether it has been a simple labour or a more intense one, and comfy clean pyjamas to change into will make you feel so much better after all that.

Personally, I would have found pyjamas unbearable with my c-section wound, so it might be worth packing a nightie, too!

Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?

When I clocked hour 50 of my labour, I realised things were not going to go as planned… Another 16 hours, an epidural and forceps later, B popped into the world. Let’s just say my birth ‘plan’ was off the table. The long and short of it is, anything and everything can happen in labour, especially first time round. So if you expect anything and everything to happen, you will feel much more prepared for whatever does. I feel it’s important to have an idea of your preferences for the conditions in which you’d like to give birth, but ultimately holding on to too many expectations and plans can leave you with negative feelings about if it doesn’t quite happen. That is noise you just don’t need!

What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without? 

Ewan the Sheep. In our house we have knighted him and his miraculous womb-sound-service ‘Sir Ewan’.

Haha! Ewan didn’t work for us. Little M much prefers the hairdryer sound on my white noise app.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?

“Everyone fed, nobody dead”. In other words, fed is best. It made us so much more relaxed towards the whole feeding issue, so when it turned out that B’s reflux was causing a lot of emotional issues for me around breastfeeding, we felt so much calmer about moving to combi-feeding at around 4 months. It was the option that was kindest to me and my mental health as a mother and B was so much happier and more relaxed too. It was very important for our bonding journey to make this decision, and a ‘breast is best’ mantra would have been damaging.

What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?

‘A baby is portable – it doesn’t have to change your life’. Whilst this is true when they are little to a certain extent, we quickly learned whilst trying to ship her here there and everywhere that it wasn’t actually very respectful to any of our needs. B needed a bit of structure to feel safe in the world, and we needed space to all get to know each other. She still needed a routine and once we’d got our heads round the foundations she needed to feel safe and looked after, then we could be more flexible. We learnt to be a bit more accepting of the fact that life had changed and we didn’t need to try and fit into the previous mould. We now have a nicer balance.

I think all things seem a lot easier when you remind yourself/realise that your baby’s needs are totally normal, and not a ‘problem’ to be overcome.

What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?

Be kind to yourself. There are no ‘shoulds’. Parenthood is a wonderful journey and a challenging one. Everyone has their story of their journey and everyone wants the best for you, so will want to share their lessons learned and ‘shoulds’. Listen to them (it’s clearly important to them to share), take your pick of what you think will work for you, and do things your way. It will be imperfect and you’ll make mistakes, but that’s ok. You’ll do brilliantly.

What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?

Two things for me. 1) Judgement: from other people and from your own inner mum critic. Knock this on the head with kindness towards yourself. Try to spot guilt creeping in, accept it’s a normal part of being a parent, and let it go. You’ll feel so much lighter! 2) Lack of headspace for yourself: Give yourself space and time out when you need it. Even thirty seconds spent feeling the weight of your feet against the ground and focussing on watching your breath go in and out of your nostrils can be a really useful breather on a stressful day. Remember – there’s a reason we put our life jackets on first.

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What’s the best thing about being a new parent?

The love (again if you don’t feel this straight away like in the films and books, that’s ok. It grows, I promise) and ultimately, the confidence. Even if you feel like you’re c*cking up everyday, you still get through and you learn things about yourself you never thought you would.

Thank you, Amy. You can find Amy over on her blog, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Tripp Trapp Moments – Getting Ready to Wean

Last week Little M turned six months, so we’ve turned our attention to weaning. Firstly we needed to find a high chair. Now, anyone who’s met me will know that I’m not the most fashion-forward individual (probably exacerbated by the fact that I use phrases like ‘fashion-forward’. And exacerbated, come to that) but I couldn’t stand the thought of having some great plastic monstrosity of a highchair in my kitchen. So I was thrilled when we were asked to review a Stokke Tripp Trapp.

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For those of you not familiar with the Tripp Trapp, it’s a Norwegian-designed piece of furniture. I hesitate to use the word highchair, as it’s so much more than that. Both the seat and footplate can be adjusted so that the chair grows with your child. It sits at standard height with the table, so can be used as a desk chair for older children, or even as a spare chair when you’ve invited too many relatives round at Christmas.

I love that it sits up against the table, so Little M can join in meal times with us. Personally, I think it’s really important for families to eat together, so I love the fact that the Tripp Trapp is right in there like a normal chair. Furthermore, it’s the same colour as our kitchen furniture, so blends in perfectly. Just what I was looking for!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I love a bit of flat pack. I also love setting myself a bit of a build challenge. It took me less than 25 minutes to assemble the Tripp Trapp (including opening the sealed box and reading the instructions). This was all while placating a fractious baby in her bouncy chair. Something of an achievement I feel! My top tip for building the Tripp Trapp is don’t clip in the baby seat until after you’ve attached the cushion and the harness. I had to unclip the seat twice. While it wasn’t impossible by any means, it was a bit of a faff.

Anyway, Little M loves sitting in her Tripp Trapp. I think she likes being up high, and enjoys being with mummy and daddy and seeing what we’re doing. As for weaning, we tried some puréed carrot on Saturday, but she wasn’t really having any of it. I tried again today and five minutes in, she was crying actual real tears. So I’m wondering if she isn’t quite ready yet. I think I’ll give it a few days and try again. She’s showing interest in my lunch (which funnily enough isn’t included in step one of the weaning guide!) so I don’t think we’re too far off.

How did you start weaning your little one?

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Disclosure: We were provided with a Tripp Trapp to use and review. However, all opinions are honest and my own.

Deciding whether to stop expressing…

Little M turned six months old earlier this week. I know I probably say it all the time, but where did that time go?! It feels like only five minutes since she was born, whilst simultaneously feeling like she’s been in our lives forever. I’ve been exclusively expressing since that week from hell, and I’m very proud to say that Little M has been exclusively breast fed for six whole months. Excuse me while I pat myself on the back. But I wonder if the time has come to stop expressing.

People are always telling me how amazing I am for expressing all of LIttle M’s feeds. But the fact is, I haven’t really felt like I’ve had much of a choice. I do not judge parents who choose to formula feed their babies, at all. In fact, I see it as a perfectly sensible feeding option. Especially if breastfeeding just hasn’t worked out for them, just like it hasn’t worked out for me.

But I have this crazy, irrational fear over feeding Little M formula.

I know it makes zero sense. Formula is perfectly safe (provided that it’s made correctly to the manufacturer’s instructions). I think it’s that bit in brackets that plays on my mind. I’m worried that I might do something to make Little M unwell. Or formula just may not agree with her little digestive system. She’s been doing so well on breast milk, it seems selfish to stop feeding it to her.

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However, expressing is a massive faff. It really is. Not so much the expressing itself, more the calculation of time. Thinking about when I need to pump so that I can do x, before coming home to pump again before doing y. Or pumping in the car. Or a toilet. Or my friend’s spare room. It would be so much easier to just stop expressing.

I think getting up at 4:30am for BlogFest when I didn’t need to leave the house until gone six was the reality check. That added to the realisation that I just wasn’t getting myself and Little M out of the house enough because it was easier just to stay in and do nothing. But now that Little M is six months that’s not really good enough. I’m failing her in a different way as a parent.

So last week I took the decision to get over my fears and reduce the amount of times in a day that I express, with the idea that gradually my milk would dry up and I’d be ‘forced’ to feed Little M formula. Now, instead of expressing 5-6 times per day (every 3-4 hours), I wait at least five hours between pumps and express 4 times per day.

Great plan! Except my ‘yield’ hasn’t really gone down. I’ve cut my pumping time from 20 minutes to 18 (on advice from the Kellymom website) to see if that would have an impact, but it hasn’t (yet).

Then I looked at the price of formula.

Gee whizz it’s expensive!! So now I have an economic reason to keep pumping. I’m not sure we can afford to fork out all that every month, especially having spent a small fortune on a breast pump. Although I’m also not sure how much of it we’d actually use now that Little M is about to start weaning. Ugh, I hate the unknown!

So I kind of feel back at square one again. I’ve got another blogging event to travel to in a couple of weeks time and it would be really nice to not need to pump at all, but looking at the time it starts and the distance from home, I’m going to need to have to pump in the car again I think. And not at a convenient time, either. Pants.

I know lots of women stop breastfeeding at six months, so why am I finding it so hard to stop expressing? I’d love to hear of your experiences of a smooth transition from breast milk to formula. It might help with this guilty-gut feeling I’ve got going on inside!

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Make Sterilising Easier: Nimble Babies Review and Giveaway

One of the downsides to choosing to exclusively express is the sheer amount of sterilising we need to do. I have multiple pump sets to save me washing up and sterilising every single time I express. This is great, but it does mean that we end up with a mountain of sterilising to do at the end of each day. So I’m always looking for ways to make sterilising easier.

When hubby and I agreed that we wanted Little M to be breastfed for as long as possible, we made a pact that if I was going to sit on a pump multiple times a day being milked like a cow, then he would do the majority of the sterilising. However, when Nimble Babies sent me a bottle of their Milk Buster spray, claiming that it would leave our bottles cleaner than washing up liquid, I wanted to give it a go myself.

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The Nimble Babies Milk Buster spray is really easy to use. Simply pour a bit of water into the bottle, squeeze the spray trigger a couple of times (this is surprisingly satisfying), brush and rinse. Then sterilise as normal.

At first, I was sceptical that the Milk Buster spray would actually work. Some of our older pump bottles have a kind of hazy residue to them. I haven’t been able to get it off, even with a good scrub. I’m not going to say these bottles came up sparkling new, because they didn’t, but there is definitely an improvement. Probably more importantly, my newer bottles are staying shiny, so I’m happy enough with that!

Not only does the Milk Buster spray remove milk residue quickly and easily, it also leaves the bottles smelling fresh. I can’t really describe it any other way as I wouldn’t say it has an odour. They just smell clean, which is a winner as far as I’m concerned.

If you want to make sterilising easier for yourself by giving Nimble Babies Milk Buster spray a go, then why not enter our giveaway to win a six month supply? Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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Meet the Parents – Advice for New Mummies and Daddies from Quite Frankly She Said

Welcome back to my guest blogger series, Meet the Parents. This week the advice comes from Sian, who blogs over at Quite Frankly She Said.

Tell me a bit about you, your blog and your family. 

I’m a stay-at-home mama to two scrummy little boys who are 3 and 1. I live in beautiful Hertfordshire with my fiance, Ian, and we’re due to get married next summer. I also have two stepchildren, aged 9 and 7, so our house is quite busy! I blog about my family and our life and style, plus the occasional rant!

What one essential item would you insist on putting in your hospital bag (for you)? 

My essential item was a towel. I didn’t take one with my first baby and had to dry myself with paper towels after showering. I was in hospital for 5 days so it wasn’t ideal! A lovely, soft, fluffy towel was top of my list when packing for my second baby.

Er, didn’t they give you a hospital towel?!

Was there anything unexpected that happened during labour, that you think first-time mums should be prepared for?

My first baby’s birth didn’t go to plan at all, and I was very unprepared for dealing with all the interventions and c-section. It’s great to think positive and plan for a textbook birth, but it’s good to also be aware of interventions that may happen so you know what to expect if they do.

What would be your one essential product for a newborn that no new parent should live without? 

A sling. Babies don’t like to be put down – you can hardly blame then when they’ve spent 9 months cocooned and warm! So a sling is a great way to keep them close but also have your hands free for other stuff.

Little M hated being in a sling! I tried lots of times but she just screamed. In the end I just resigned myself to the fact that the housework would never get done!

What’s the best piece of advice you were given before your first child was born?

Sleep when your baby sleeps. I was not prepared for being up so many times a night!

What’s the worst piece of advice you were given?

Buy bottles to combi-feed so that Ian can bond. Feeding isn’t the only way parents bond with babies! Despite me breastfeeding Ian has a fantastic bond with our boys.

What would be your top tip for a first time parent-to-be?

Take lots of photos. Those babies of ours, they grow and change so quick. You will never take enough photos!

What’s the hardest thing about being a new parent?

The tiredness. My goodness, I underestimated how tired I would be. Babies just aren’t designed to sleep, but as soon as you accept that it does start to feel easier.

I really found it helped to keep reminding myself and my hubby that it’s completely normal to be awake at all hours with a baby. I think it’s more stressful if you perceive it as a problem.

What’s the best thing about being a new parent?

The feeling of the most amazing, unconditional love in the world. There is nothing like it.

Thank you, Sian! You can find Sian over on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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5 Ways to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

Little M didn’t have any cradle cap at all for the first few months of her life, and I thought we’d got away with it. Alas, it appeared at about four months and kind of hung around. If you don’t know what cradle cap is, it’s a skin condition which affects the scalp, and looks like greasy, yellow flakes. It’s perfectly normal and will go away by itself eventually, but if you’re impatient like me, here are five ways to get rid of cradle cap.

Note: I am not a doctor and if you’re in any way concerned about your baby’s skin, please seek medical guidance.

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You can’t see any cradle cap in this photo but she’s cute, right?

1. Olive Oil

My friend absolutely swears by olive oil for getting rid of her baby’s cradle cap – and she had quite a bit of it. Just rub it into the scalp, leave for a few hours and wash off.

2. Coconut Oil

We used coconut oil on Little M’s cradle cap after hearing about it from a friend. Be warned though, we found it quite difficult to wash out and she smelled like a coconut for weeks! Not necessarily a bad thing, if you like coconut!

3. Almond Oil

The NHS website suggests giving almond oil a try. It also mentions not to use any kind of ground nut oil or peanut oil though, so don’t go shoving any old nut-based oil on your baby’s head!

4. Baby Oil

I’ve heard this mentioned many times, but never spoken to anyone who’s actually used it. Might be worth a try if the more natural oils haven’t done the trick?

5. Specialist Shampoo

If all else fails, you can see your GP for some specialist shampoo. The chances are they’ll tell you that it’ll go away by itself, but if it hasn’t disappeared using the more natural methods mentioned above, then you might want to get it checked out, just in case it’s something else.

I hope you find these ways to get rid of cradle cap helpful! Have you used something I haven’t mentioned to rid your baby’s head of cradle cap? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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JORD Designer Wood Watch: Review

The battery in my watch died just after Little M was born. Given that I was late for everything anyway, I wasn’t overly concerned, but then the lovely people at JORD sent me this beautiful, unique JORD designer wood watch to review. It has arrived at just the right time as I’m starting to feel like I can actually do this parenting thing, so it would be nice to know what time it is!

I’ve been wearing it for just a few days but it’s so gorgeous I can’t actually stop looking at it. I checked the time seven times in a ten minute period the first day I wore it. The only thing I was concerned about was that the watch face looked quite large for my skinny wrist – but the lovely people at JORD even sized it for me before sending! The colour of the face is just so unusual – not the sort of thing you see usually on a women’s watch. It really is striking to look at.

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Added to that of course is the fact that the whole bracelet and back of the watch is made from wood. Yes, wood! Mine is dark sandalwood. It’s such a rich colour and the mint-coloured face looks stunning next to it. One of the things my dad commented on when I showed it to him was the gorgeous smell. It really does smell delicious when you open up the box. A real treat!

The box itself is impressive – it’s such a unique gift to open. I spent ages looking at the box – it’s even got a hidden drawer in the bottom where you could store your other jewellery.

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The JORD designer wood watch would make an excellent Christmas present. It’s just such a cool watch! My hubby has been eyeing up mine since I got it, and asked if JORD do a men’s watch (they do, of course – several, in fact!). Perhaps I need to add one to my Christmas list for him…

**If you fancy a unique JORD watch for yourself or a loved one for Christmas, then you’re in luck! JORD are offering $25 off their super cool watches for a limited period of time. Just click here and fill in your details to get your coupon code emailed to you.  You’ll have until 18/12/16 to redeem your code. The code will expire on 28/2/2017**

Disclosure: I was sent this watch by JORD in exchange for this honest review.

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Polycystic Kidney Disease After Pregnancy

I’ve mentioned before that I have Polycystic Kidney Disease. Earlier this week I saw my renal consultant to see how my kidneys are getting on. This is the first time I’ve seen him since Little M was born. I’d been feeling a bit anxious about this appointment as I’m conscious of the fact that I’m only a few years away from the age my mother was when her kidneys started their downward spiral into end stage renal failure.

I’m also aware that pregnancy can have an impact on kidney function in patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). While I was pregnant with Little M, my consultant told me that women with 40% renal function going into a pregnancy risk being in kidney failure by the end of it. Scary stuff.

However, I am fortunate that my kidney function was greater than 90% (i.e. completely normal) before my pregnancy. I had lots of extra monitoring during my pregnancy, and had to take aspirin throughout. This was because I was at higher risk of pre-eclampsia due to my PKD.

Fortunately, these fears were unfounded and the pregnancy went relatively smoothly; if Little M hadn’t been breech, I would have been able to try for a natural birth in the MLBU (Midwife Led Birthing Unit).

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Because of all this, I was less worried than I could have been about my appointment. Even still, the ‘what ifs’ were there. Hubby and I would like Little M to have a sibling one day, but I wouldn’t want to go into another pregnancy if my kidneys weren’t up to it. I owe it to Little M to be as healthy and active with her as I can be, rather than risking her wellbeing over  a hypothetical child.

So, I went into the consulting room and asked my consultant if I had come through my pregnancy unscathed. His response?

In a word, yes.

Phew! My kidney function is still at greater than 90%, and all of my blood and urine tests showed everything is back to normal. My consultant was happy with this and we joked that I’m ‘allowed’ to have another baby. Of course I’d be allowed to have another child regardless. But this means that I stand a better chance of my kidney function remaining good after a second pregnancy.

He did warn me not to wait too long, though. The older I get, the greater the chance that my kidney function will start to decline. So, we made an appointment for six months’ time to check the health of my kidneys as I think we’ll be ready to start trying again around then. I have been advised to wait a year after the caesarean anyway. This is to ensure my scar tissue is strong enough to withstand another pregnancy.

Then we’ll be ready to embark on baby number two, hopefully with no greater risk to my kidneys. What a relief.

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